1594: Shakespeare's most important year

2 March 2016 1.00pm 2.00pm


Lecture Theatre, Weston Library (Map)


Bart van Es, Professor of English Literature, Fellow and Tutor, St Catherine's College


In the summer of 1594 William Shakespeare decided to invest around £50 to become a shareholder in a newly formed acting company: the Lord Chamberlain's Men. This lecture will examine the consequences of this decision, which was unique in English theatrical history. By examining the early modern theatrical marketplace and the artistic development of Shakespeare's writing before and after this moment, it is hoped that the talk will show why 1594 was, by some measure, Shakespeare's most important year.


This event is free but places are limited so please complete our booking form to reserve tickets in advance.

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